Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), Luang Prabang

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See some of the most prominent Lao monasteries and learn about their religious and cultural significance at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong). The compound, built in 1560 in typical Laotian style, consists of twenty structures, including shrines, pavilions, gardens of ornamental plants, and residences. Pay special attention to the gilded doors made of wood, which depict events from the Buddha's life. Also, visit many surrounding facilities, including a library, a drum tower, and a ceremonial barge. Make Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) part of your personalized Luang Prabang itinerary using our Luang Prabang family vacation planner.
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  • The temple is really pretty. It is definitely worth a visit. The Buddha is quite large and awe-inspiring.  more »
  • Here, you can have something his rest and unwind from the whole hustle and bustle of the city. It's worth a visit.
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  • Very nice pagoda not to be missed during your visit to Luang Prabang. The building is beautiful and the work of decoration, inside as outside, is impressive.
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  • The most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang, come visit here after 6 pm or before 7 am to avoid paying the entrance fee 20k (but the main halls are shut so you can only take photo from the outside) Better to visit both during the dawn and the dusk to see the beauty on the different sides of the temple.
  • Visit if you are a culture-vulture who enjoys time travelling. We greatly appreciated the intricate details of the temples' interior and exterior!
  • beautiful temple, the most famous in the city! nothing that you didn't miss in 1000 other temples but if you are here why not? ;)
  • When I visit there, Fortunately I could see a ceremony for Buhhda. It was enjoyable experience. If there is not any ceremony, it is worth visiting for seeing Laos' cultures.
  • Go late in the evening. The bank's of Mekong are nearby. You can see the monks work there and do their prayers. We even got to see them swim in the river.. Women should keep sleeves and shoulder covered or will have to pay 1 dollar rent.

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